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Help Rear brakes binding

Hi all, just found out my rear off side brake is binding on my 2.4 jtdm saloon. Luckily it does not appear to have been doing it for too soon so the bearing, disc is OK.

So to fix it: the handbrake cable has slack in it but the rear handbrake lever does not appear to be fully returning up to the stop so could it be
  • sticking piston
  • sticking pads
  • caliper on carrier bolts
  • adjuster machanism
  • or anything else?
your ideas and advice would help especially if anyone has any warnings or advice for tackling work on the rear discs and pads, that would be great.
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Is the slack in the cable noticeable both at the front and at the rear?
If not the cable needs replacing
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I had this - it was the handbrake cable. Needed replacing and was a PITA to do (seats and transmission tunnel out for access). Took about 3 hours.

I should mention at this point it wasn't me doing the work, but my local indie outfit!
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It most likely just wants a dam good cleaning.

The adjuster mech is inside the calliper so don't worry about that. Strip out the pads and clean the piston then wind it back in clockwise. Mack sure you clean all the crap off from where the pads sit paying more attention to the inside one, this is the only one that moves and will most likely be your issue, it will have seized !

Get out your gloves, scrappers, files and copper slip and get stuck in, you could add a dust mask too if your inclined. Do the other side to as it won't be to far behind. Really hope its not your hand brake its a right job, did mine and it takes a good 1.5 hours.

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thanks all.

checked there was slack in the cable, needed a bit more so up with the centre pocket rubber mat and flicked up inspection cover so I could get a 13mm socket on an extension down onto the nut.

Off with the pads and a good clean and grease, the spring steel pad holder was caked in dust and grime along with the calipers. the pad ears had corroded a little causing them to stick in the carrier so a bit of dressing with a file and all replaced . Now good so its the other side tommorrow!
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I have to do this on the wife's 159 too. Squeaking drives you nuts after a while!!!
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